Playhouse, Greenside Place
ROCKING at the Playhouse all this week, Sunny Afternoon follows a well trod formula as it tells the story of The Kinks. Of their rise from life on a dead end street to living the rock star dream of fame, fortune and glory.
For those who weren't around at the time, The Kinks were formed in 1963 by brothers Dave and Ray Davies. Although they didn't become known as The Kinks until the following year, the band emerged from the British Beat Movement and went on to become one of the most influential rock groups of their time.
Indeed the influence of their classic hits, songs such as You Really Got Me, Lola, Waterloo Sunset, All Day and All of the Night, Tired of Waiting for You, and Dedicated Follower of Fashion, remain to this day.
All are present and correct in Sunny Afternoon, which won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical.
However, despite a standing ovation after the obligatory concert medley finale, this over long, uneven production takes time to warm up. That said Ryan O'Donnell as Ray Davies is a must see.
Read Liam Rudden's full review tomorrow